Facebook PixelJulep Maven Review + Free Box Coupon – December 2018 | MSA
My Subscription Addiction
My Subscription Addiction
Our reviewers research, test, and recommend the best subscriptions and products independently; click to learn more about our editorial guidelines. We may receive commissions on purchases made through links on our site.

Julep Maven Review + Free Box Coupon – December 2018

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakDec 18, 2018 | 5 comments
Julep Maven
3.8 overall rating
176 Ratings | 76 Reviews

Julep December 2018 - Box Review Side

Julep Maven is a monthly nail polish and beauty subscription box. They make all their own products, so subscribers get a good value each month – over $40 retail worth of product for $24.99 a month.

And, if you sign up for 3-months up front, you get the $19.99 rate.

Julep December 2018 - Box Inside

Each month Julep releases a new collection on the 20th, and you can decide which items you want, you can upgrade to the entire collection, or you can skip that month.

My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

Julep December 2018 - All Contant Top

About Julep Maven

The Subscription Box: Julep Maven

The Cost: $24.99 a month ($19.99 a month with a 3-month subscription)

Julep is offering this 12-piece nail polish FREE set with a new subscription!

Use this link and coupon code POLISHGIFT at checkout to add the 12 piece Nail Polish Set to your cart. 

Julep December 2018 Review

Julep December 2018 - Information Card

This box came with an info sheet highlighting the new shades of eyeliner that became available this month.

One of the options this month was Julep’s Light on Your Lips crème lipstick and we received a sheet with more information on the shades. I decided to go the fully customized route this month, so let’s see what I picked!

Julep December 2018 - Emme Box Top Julep December 2018 - Emme Opened Top

Julep Emme, Full-Size! Retail Value $14

Emme is a deep cobalt crème polish that I tend to always reach for in the winter months- it’s darker than my usual choices but the blue is still vibrant. This polish didn’t have the best formula, and I had to use more effort than normal to make sure my polish was applied smoothly and evenly.

Julep December 2018 - Lennon with Box Top Julep December 2018 - Lennon Opened Top

Julep Lennon, Full-Size! Retail Value $14

Lennon is described as a "galactic holographic shimmer" and I adore the punch of sparkle this packs. I was worried when I applied this to my bare nail because the first coat was VERY sheer (as in, it could be a glitter topper for a different polish), but after three thin coats, I had beautifully opaque sparkle.

Julep December 2018 - Color Fan Top

Julep Color Fan x 2 – Total Retail Value $16 ($8 each)

I chose to add these to my box this month more as a matter of necessity- sometimes I just don’t have time to swatch every nail polish for reviews, and I thought these would be perfect for when I need them. They do take some getting used to- I tried to swatch multiple colors at one time and they ended up smudging on top of themselves, so these will probably work best with only swatching one color at a time. I was happy that I was able to pick up two in this box, too!

Julep December 2018 - Snowflake Top Julep December 2018 - Snowflake Instruction Top

Snowflake Nail Decals – Estimated Value $4

I love nail decals for easy and quick nail art, and I really love snowflakes! Snowflakes can be hard to do freehand due to the tiny details, so I was excited to add these to my box. I haven’t seen Julep sell nail decals as a standalone item in their store, so I think mystery boxes and the Maven subscription are really the only ways to get them. Unlike last month I had no issues with these lifting off my nail- my coat of Seche Vite sealed them in perfectly, and over three days later they are still going strong.

Julep December 2018 - Product used Top

Here I am wearing Emme, Lennon, and the nail decals. I think this is such a fun wintery look!

Verdict: Without a doubt, my favorite thing about Julep Maven is your ability to completely customize your box. Snowflake nail decals and color fans may not be your cup of tea, but you can choose to go for a makeup item or another nail polish. The customization also means you should be getting shades that you're most likely to wear! I had to estimate the value of the nail decals since they're not for sale, but the value of my two polishes and the color fans equal $44 - I think that is great for the $24.99 price, and the value is even better if you take advantage of the 3-month subscription for $19.99 a box rate.

To Wrap Up: 

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. You have to sign up by the 20th to get the next month’s box. Then on the 24th, you’ll be able to sign into your Julep Maven account and select the items you want for your box!

ACTIVE DEAL: Get a 12-piece Polish Gift ($160+ Value) with your first box!

Value Breakdown: This box costs $24.99 + free shipping, which means that each of the 4 items in the box has an average cost of $6.25.

Check out all of our Julep Maven reviews and the Beauty Subscription Box Directory!

Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your Wish List or Subscription List!

What did you think of the Julep Maven box? Which items did you pick this month?

Starting at $24.99
Active Deal
Get a 12-piece Polish Gift ($160+ Value) with your first box!
Use Coupon Code POLISHGIFT
Subscribe Now
Julep Maven is a nail polish and beauty subscription service. Each month you can choose one of five boxes, skip that month, or upgrade to the entire collection of beauty and nail polish products for an additional $30.
Jessica Hapak
Jessica Hapak
I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza and when I’m not working as a family law attorney I enjoy hiking the Louisiana trails (alligator sightings are a favorite!) or relaxing with Duchess, my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like.

Join the Conversation

Please do not enter your email address in the Name field or in the comment content. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *. Remember to post with kindness and respect. Comments with offensive language, cruelness to others, etc will not be approved. See our full comment policy here.



I am worried about the late shipping for 2 months in a row!!! I love so many of their products and have been with them for years. The past few months I haven’t been impressed with their colors choices either.

Reply ButtonReply
Like This CommentLike


I almost never wear polish, but I love their facial cleansers – especially the cleansing stick. It does a great job (though use their cleansing oil first if you are wearing makeup). Plus, because it’s a stick, it’s great for travel.

Reply ButtonReply
Like This CommentLike


I LOVE that nail look. SUPER CUTE. Well done!

Reply ButtonReply
Like This CommentLike


I’ve had a lot of issues with Juleps cream polishes. Also with their top coats drying out. The shimmers and glitters are usually great. I’m conflicted because I love customizing, and I fall in love with their colors so I keep trying, even though my success is usually mixed. I also haven’t been super impressed with their makeup, even though I know I’m in the minority with that opinion. But I haven’t tried any eye makeup, so I probably will try an eyeliner or shadow next month.

Reply ButtonReply
Like This CommentLike


I’m in the same bost. I have a ton of Julep polishes that I simply stopped using because they don’t dry, peel off, and are overall hard to use. I do love their foundation though.

Reply ButtonReply
Like This CommentLike